Itching for a new adventure these days? But still don’t know where to go? Don’t worry cause I’ll be showing you one of Philippines pride and gem of the south, Bohol.
Bohol is famous for chocolate hills, but there are other places to explore in this province.It is located in Central Visayas region. It is one of the popular tourist attraction because of its beaches, diving locations and resorts.
How to get there?
- To get here, you need to take a flight from Manila going to Bohol in any local airlines. Be it Cebu Pacific, Air Asia or Philippine Airlines. Just watch out for their promos/seat sale/piso fare if you want a cheaper price.
- As for us, we booked a ticket going to Cebu first (cause we’re going back to Cebu after this Bohol Trip) then rode a ferry (Ocean Jet) which cost P800.00 each/roundtrip.
Where to Stay?
You have a choice whether you want to stay in Tagbilaran or in Panglao island. As for us, we stayed in Bolod Beach Resort in Panglao.
How to get around Bohol?
By arranged tours – If you want a hassle free trip or not a D-I-Y type of traveler, you can book an arranged tour beforehand. There’s ton of agencies which offers an affordable Bohol tour package . As for us, we choose Bohol Cebu Adventure Uysun Tours.
By motorcycle. There are a lot of rental shops in Tagbilaran and Panglao and you can rent a motorcycle for as low as (Php 200). Through this way, you will have enough freedom to go to any place you want in your own time.
By car. Car rentals are also possible and the rental shops are mainly found in Tagbilaran with starting cost of (Php 1,500).
By public transportation. There are tricycles, jeepneys, and buses that are very cheap and they can be found easily in the main streets.
DAY 1: PANGLAO TOUR
12:00PM – arrived at Bohol. Start Panglao Tour (Took our lunch first before we proceed to the tour)
6:00PM – arrived at our accomodation
PLACES TO VISIT
BOHOL BEE FARM – This is where we took our lunch. Foods are pricey but we had no choice since we’re already hungry so we just ordered for a pizza and juice. You can dine in their organic restaurant and try their organic ice cream as well. Overall, the place was homey and cozy. Their staffs were very friendly and I just admired their beautiful garden.
The most exciting part in this place is where we actually get to experience and see the BEES!
DAUIS CHURCH (Entrance Fee: NONE)
PANGLAO WATCH TOWER
SHELL MUSEUM (Entrance Fee: P30.00 per person) The place was okay but humid, this is where you can find their collection of shells or buy at their souvenir shop of other products made from sea elements such as pearls.
CAFE LAWIS – You can feel the soothing atmosphere around the area. No unnecessary road noise and all you can hear is just the sound of the sea and the air whizzing by.
HINAGDANAN CAVE (Entrance Fee: P30 per person)
It is a naturally lighted cavern with a deep lagoon and many large stalactites and stalagmites.The cave is lit by sunlight which filters through holes in the ceiling. The underground lake is a popular swimming spot, but it has been known to test for high levels of various pollutants, since it is fed by ground runoff.
DAY 2 – Panglao Island Hopping
(Note: You should wake up atleast 5:30am so you can see the dolphins. It took us atleast 1 1/2 hours just to see them. I’m losing my hope that day but gladly, our tour guide was patient enough to roam the sea and find the wild dolphins.)
You can rent a boat for your island hopping tour. I forgot to ask them how much, as for us the boat is all ours! Yes, it’s a private boat. HAHAH 🙂
BALICASAG ISLAND (Marine Sanctuary Fee: P150/person) It’s a small circular, flat island where you can go snorkeling, swim and enjoy the beauty of the island especially for the sea lovers. The water is undeniably clear and rich in water resources. I love the vibrant colors underwater.Bring your own mask/snorkeling gears and aqua shoes if you don’t want to rent for a price of P500.00.
VIRGIN ISLAND – Virgin Island is clearly an attraction due to its long stretch of white sand beach during low tide which spans around 1 hectare. Trust me, the water here is as clear as Balicasag Island.
DAY 3 -BOHOL COUNTRYSIDE TOUR
PLACES TO VISIT
CHOCOLATE HILLS (Entrance Fee: P50/person) – Did you know the legend of this wonderful creation? “They said that it’s a story story of two feuding giants who hurled rocks, boulders, and sand at each other. The fighting lasted for days, and exhausted the two giants. In their exhaustion, they forgot about their feud and became friends, but when they left they forgot to clean up the mess they had made during their battle, hence the Chocolate Hills.”
MAN MADE FOREST
HANGING BRIDGE (Entrance Fee: P20.00/person)
TARSIER WATCHING (Entrance Fee: 60/person)
BACLAYON CHURCH – (Entrance Fee: P25.00)
SANDUGO SITE – We didn’t take any photos here cause it’s raining so hard that time.
BOHOL PHYTON – (Entrance Fee: P10.00)
LOBOC RIVER CRUISE (P450.00 per person – cruise + lunch)
BUTTERFLY WATCHING (Entrance Fee: P30/person)
Overall, we enjoyed our stay here in Bohol although there are still other activities that we wanted to try. Like the extreme activities in Danao Adventure Park. I hope you find this guide helpful when you visit Bohol. If you have other questions, please comment below. Thank you! 🙂